STK IMOLA 2016 - THE RACE

STK IMOLA 2016 - THE RACE

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APRILIA BACK ON THE PODIUM WITH KEVIN CALIA, SECOND IN RACE. FOURTH PLACE FOR ROBERTO TAMBURINI

A brilliantly managed race took Kevin Calia to the second step of the podium astride his Aprilia RSV4 RF. Off the line well from the second row, he quickly engaged in a hand-to-hand battle with the riders ahead of him. In the race finale he moved into second place, but he gave up chasing down the leader in order to avoid taking too many risks.

Roberto Tamburini, starting from the fantastic pole position he earned in qualifying on Saturday, lost a few spots at the start and then, after a small mistake during the fourth lap, lost contact with the lead group. After recovering, he was still able to put in a series of fast laps in the high end of 1’49, managing to ride his Aprilia to a fourth place finish.

In the overall standings Kevin Calia is lying fourth with Roberto Tamburini eighth, catching up on the leaders. With today's podium Aprilia moves into third place in the Manufacturer standings. 

 ROBERTO TAMBURINI
"I didn't have the best of starts and in the fourth lap I made a small mistake changing gears at Acque Minerali which sent me wide. I tried to push hard and come back. I had the same pace as the leaders but I wasn't able to close the gap for a podium finish. Fourth place is not bad, but we need to get things sorted even better in order to set our sights higher. I'd like to thank the team for the way they give it their all trying to meet all of my needs, Aprilia for the hard work they do from home and all of my fans and followers."

 KEVIN CALIA
"The race went well. I managed a good start and was able to get ahead well, catching up the first two riders. Once I had taken second I tried to chase down Mercado but I couldn't close the gap, so I settled for second place. This is a very positive result for the entire team and it's my first podium of 2016, so here's hoping that it will be the first of many. I'd like to thank all of my compatriots who came out to greet me and to see the race. It was really great to be on the podium with so many of my friends here. We are working well with the team and with Aprilia Racing who continue to support me."